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Visiting the Nationals Park Neighborhood

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Nationals Park is located in SW DC and while there is a lot of history here, most of the neighborhood has been built up in recent years. The area of town that Nationals Park is located in is the Navy Yard, but this post is going to focus on the area just around the stadium itself.

Washington Nationals Baseball Game

How to get to Nats Park:

Metro: The closest Metro stop is Navy Yard on the Green line.  However, if you don’t mind a brief walk, Capitol South (Blue/Orange/Silver) is about a fifteen-minute walk.

Bus/Circulator: Take a Circulator bus from either the L'Enfant Plaza (D St & 7th St NW) or Eastern Market Metro stops.  It runs until midnight on Monday through Saturday nights when home games start at 6 PM or later (until 9 PM on Sunday home game nights).  The area is also serviced by Metro buses.  Check out the 74, P6, V1, V4, A9, and W9 to see if they work for you.

Bike: The city has been expanding bike lanes both painted and protected, and the Navy Yard area has seen major improvements.  There is a free bike valet at Nationals Park and there are Capital BikeShare docks nearby.

Parking: There are garages and lots in the area, but many fill up quickly.  If you must drive, consider pre-purchasing your spot.  Street parking is almost non-existent.


Where to Eat Around Nats Park:

1. Bluejacket Brewery:  Breweries aren’t always known for their food, but Bluejacket isn’t just a great place to grab a beer or two, it’s a good spot for a bite to eat.

2. Atlas Brewery:  Pizza, beer, and baseball are a classic combination, and Atlas is a great spot to indulge.

3. Dacha Beer Garden:  Maybe burgers, beer, and baseball is more to your liking.  Dacha has you covered - as well as ample seating for larger groups.

4. The Salt Line:  The D.C. region is pretty serious about its seafood.  At The Salt Line, you can enjoy a nice mix of New England and Chesapeake flavor.

5. All Purpose Pizzeria:  This easy going, riverfront spot is an excellent option for a pre-game slice of gourmet pizza and a beer - although don’t neglect the appetizers and the wine list.

Many of these spots have weekday or pre-game happy hours, too.  If there is a game, restaurants in the area are likely to fill up quickly, so it’s never a bad idea to have a reservation.


Other Nearby Attractions:

1. The Yards Park

A beautiful park with plenty of space for walking or relaxing and enjoying the waterfront.  D.C. continues to improve the quality of its waterways and green spaces, and you can enjoy that here.

2. Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge

This newly rebuilt bridge spans the Anacostia River.  A beautiful piece of architecture in its own right, it’s also a great way for pedestrians and cyclists to go between Ward 8 and Ward 6 of Washington D.C.

3. Audi Field

This home of D.C. United, our Major League Soccer team, is also used for select games of the Washington Spirit, our National Women's Soccer League team.

About The Author

Canden Arciniega

Canden is a historian and tour guide in Washington DC with 4 published books about the city. She has written for HuffPost Travel and has been featured in the Washington Post, WTOP, and numerous other DC papers. She's also been interviewed by the BBC, NPR, Travel Channel and Discovery Family Channel. Canden is the producer of our podcast, Tour Guide Tell All With a M.A. in History from University College London and a B.A. in History from Elon University, she is an authority on D.C. history, and has led tours in the city for over 10 years. She currently resides in DC, but has also lived in London and South Korea, and has travelled to 28 countries. Her two children (both under the age of 4) have their passports and own frequent flier accounts.
Updated: April 7th, 2022
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